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A Family Apart - The Orphan Train Adventures

Joan Lowery Nixon

In 1860, life in New York City’s slums is hard and dangerous. For a widow with six children, it is impossible. So when Mrs. Kelly learns of the Children’s Aid Society, she sees a way to provide for her children. They will be sent west on an “orphan train” to families eager for help on their farms. Thirteen-year-old Mary Frances is confused and angry. How could a mother send her children away? At her new home in Missouri, however, Mary Frances is surprised to discover that the kind family provides a refuge on the Underground Railroad. Their sacrifices will finally help her understand her mother’s difficult decision. Joan Lowery Nixon is a four-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Best Juvenile Mystery Award. She has also received two Golden Spur Awards. The author of more than a hundred books for children, she was inspired to write The Orphan Train Adventures by the true stories of its children. Through Barbara Caruso’s lively narration, A Family Apart quickly draws listeners into Mary Frances’ world.

In 1860, life in New York City’s slums is hard and dangerous. For a widow with six children, it is impossible. So when Mrs. Kelly learns of the Children’s Aid Society, she sees a way to provide for her children. They will be sent west on an “orphan train” to families eager for help on their farms. Thirteen-year-old Mary Frances is confused and angry. How could a mother send her children away? At her new home in Missouri, however, Mary Frances is surprised to discover that the kind family provides a refuge on the Underground Railroad. Their sacrifices will finally help her understand her mother’s difficult decision. Joan Lowery Nixon is a four-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Best Juvenile Mystery Award. She has also received two Golden Spur Awards. The author of more than a hundred books for children, she was inspired to write The Orphan Train Adventures by the true stories of its children. Through Barbara Caruso’s lively narration, A Family Apart quickly draws listeners into Mary Frances’ world.
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In 1860, life in New York City’s slums is hard and dangerous. For a widow with six children, it is impossible. So when Mrs. Kelly learns of the Children’s Aid Society, she sees a way to provide for her children. They will be sent west on an “orphan train” to families eager for help on their farms. Thirteen-year-old Mary Frances is confused and angry. How could a mother send her children away? At her new home in Missouri, however, Mary Frances is surprised to discover that the kind family provides a refuge on the Underground Railroad. Their sacrifices will finally help her understand her mother’s difficult decision. Joan Lowery Nixon is a four-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Best Juvenile Mystery Award. She has also received two Golden Spur Awards. The author of more than a hundred books for children, she was inspired to write The Orphan Train Adventures by the true stories of its children. Through Barbara Caruso’s lively narration, A Family Apart quickly draws listeners into Mary Frances’ world.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Barbara Caruso

Length:

4h 46m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:15


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

31:00


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

28:14


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

26:41


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

20:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

16:31


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

22:24


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

11:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

25:52


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

31:36


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

18:11


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

19:25


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

24:43


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:33